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No govt. jobs in Assam for people with more than two children

first_imgTwo years after the 126-member Assam Assembly adopted a population policy, the State Cabinet on Monday evening decided to make government jobs out of bounds for people with more than two children.The policy will come into effect from January 1, 2021.The Cabinet also adopted a new land policy that will make the landless indigenous people eligible for 3 bighas (43,200 sq. ft.) of land for farming and half a bigha for constructing a house. This will come with a rider: a beneficiary can sell the land only after 15 years of use.The State Assembly had in September 2017 passed the ‘Population and Women Empowerment Policy of Assam’ seeking to encourage small family. Apart from specifying that candidates with two children only would be eligible for government jobs, the policy warranted that existing government employees should strictly follow the two-child norm.“Implementing the population policy was necessary, given the pressure on land and resources in Assam. Providing land to the landless was also one of our commitments,” a Minister said after the Cabinet meeting.Other decisions taken by the Cabinet included increasing bus fares by 25% and providing ₹300 per month to widows under a scheme named after educationist Indira Miri. The scheme also entails a one-time grant of ₹25,000 for women who became widows on or after April 1.last_img read more

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Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza praises Shakib Al Hasan for stepping up against Sri Lanka

first_imgBangladeshi star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan has been out of sorts in the last couple of matches but skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza says he never had any doubt about the all-rounder.Mashrafe lauded Shakib’s effort with both the bat and the ball against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Sunday. (Asia Cup T20: Mashrafe Mortaza upbeat after The Tigers stun defending champions) Shakib scored a gritty 32 off 34 balls in a crucial partnership with Sabbir Rahman before bagging two wickets to help Bangladesh earn their first ever Twenty20 International win over Sri Lanka.The 28-year-old had scored just 3 against India in the opener, before being dismissed for 13 against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the following match. He took three wickets in those two matches.In the first match against India, he fluffed an easy catch at point to let Rohit Sharma off. Rohit then went on to smash a match-winning innings. Shakib, however, took a fine catch at the same position to see the back of stand-in Lankan captain Angelo Mathews on Sunday.”I actually think of Shakib as a human being, not as an alien. Rough patches will come. It feels good to see him step up. He is one of the best players in our team,” Mashrafe said.”He has always done what is required for the team and is still at it. He may not always succeed. We also want him to always do well. But at the end of the day, he, too, is a human being and can make mistakes.”advertisementlast_img read more

Roger Federer to make comeback on June 14 in Stuttgart Open

first_imgSwitzerland’s Roger Federer will return to action at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on June 14, ending his 10-week break from the sport, the tournament’s director said.Federer returned from a six-month injury break to win the Australian Open in January, but skipped the entire claycourt season, including the French Open, to focus on preparing for Wimbledon.Federer will play in the Stuttgart and Halle grasscourt events before traveling to London to begin pursuit of a record eighth Wimbledon title, Stuttgart tournament director Edwin Weindorfer said.last_img read more

VOTE: UCL Goal of the Week

first_imgPSG v Bayern München Bale, De Bruyne or Cavani? Vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan! Goal 19:37 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gareth Bale Real Madrid PSG v Bayern München Anderlecht Real Madrid Borussia Dortmund Bayern München PSG Spartak Moskva Shakhtar Donetsk Manchester City Liverpool Celtic UEFA Champions League Gareth Bale Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Spartak Moskva v Liverpool Anderlecht v Celtic Matchday 2 brought another glut of magnificent strikes in Europe’s leading club competition, but which was best? Gareth Bale’s magnificent volley versus Dortmund has been named among the nominees for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!The Real Madrid star’s deadly finish arrived during his side’s impressive victory at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday, which saw the reigning champions secure a 3-1 victory in Germany.But the Welshman faces stiff opposition for Matchday Two’s prize, which saw a host of brilliant goals, including Kevin De Bruyne’s fierce curling effort from outside the box that set Man City on their way to a 2-0 victory over Shakhtar.PSG striker Edinson Cavani is also up for the gong, thanks to a spectacular curling finish of his own that helped earn the Parisians the result of the week as they demolished Bayern Munich 3-0 in the French capital.  Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Spartak Moscow’s Fernando will be hoping to upset those three, however, after whipping an impressive free-kick over the Liverpool wall in his side’s 1-1 draw in Russia.Celtic’s Scott Sinclair rounds out the nominations with a ferocious finish of his own during his side’s 3-0 win at Anderlecht.Click here to watch the contenders and vote for the UEFA Champions League Goal of the Week, presented by Nissan!last_img read more

10 months agoAouar reveals he rejected Liverpool for Lyon

first_imgAouar reveals he rejected Liverpool for Lyonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has admitted that he turned down a move to Liverpool.The 20-year-old was linked with a move to the Reds two years ago.But he has claimed that he did not want to leave his boyhood club.”I opted for Lyon because it is the club of my heart and my aim was to succeed here, in my city,” he said to Planete Lyon about a possible Liverpool move in 2016.Aouar has impressed at the French giants, scoring six goals and providing an assist in 16 Ligue 1 starts.He can play in central midfield or on the left flank. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

VLGC Copernicus Enters Dorian LPG’s Fleet

first_imgzoom Liquefied petroleum gas shipping company Dorian LPG has taken delivery of ECO very large gas carrier (VLGC) Copernicus from Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. With the capacity of 84,000 cbm, the Copernicus is Dorian LPG’s seventeenth newbuilding delivery.According to the company, the vessel will trade in the Helios LPG Pool.So far in November, the company took delivery of two new vessels besides Copernicus, namely VLGC Commander and VLGC Chaparral, its 15th and 16th ECO VLGCs.Including the newly-delivered gas carrier, Dorian LPG now owns and operates 20 VLGCs and one pressurized LPG vessel.In addition, Dorian LPG has two more 84,000 cbm ECO VLGC newbuildings under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries. These vessels are expected to join Dorian’s fleet in 2016.last_img read more

Toronto police chiefs comments on 2012 missing men probe anger LGBTQ community

first_imgTORONTO – A suggestion by Toronto’s police chief that an alleged serial killer would have been arrested sooner if the public had been more co-operative with investigators has angered LGBTQ residents and could worsen already strained relationships with them, community leaders said Tuesday.Chief Mark Saunders told the Globe and Mail that “nobody” came to officers with information in 2012 when police launched Project Houston, an ultimately unsuccessful investigation into multiple men who went missing from the city’s gay village.Police arrested self-employed landscaper Bruce McArthur in January, and have since charged him with six counts of first-degree murder. Most of his alleged victims were men who had gone missing from the gay village, and two were among those whose disappearances were investigated by Project Houston.Saunders issued a statement Tuesday evening saying he had spoken with Globe reporters about the challenges faced by police and the force’s desire to work with the community.“As a police service, we put resources into Project Houston — a dozen full-time investigators did thousands of hours of work canvassing the community, posting flyers, issuing news releases, interviewing witnesses, and still those activities did not yield any results,” he said in the statement.Community leaders said Saunders’ comments to the newspaper will likely aggravate the already tense relationship between police and the groups affected by McArthur’s alleged crimes, including the LGBTQ community, racial minorities, the homeless and sex workers.“This is actually just going to push that divide a bit further and not allow people to work together,” said Haran Vijayanathan, executive director of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention advocacy group. “The chief is creating his own problems now.”There are legitimate reasons for members of the LGBTQ community to distrust police, said Maura Lawless, executive director of The 519, a community centre in the gay village.“(Saunders’) comments affirm that systemic institutional discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and racism are real and continue to pose a significant risk to the safety and well being of our community,” she said.“I hope that chief Saunders reflects on the community’s outrage related to his comments and retracts them immediately.”Police launched a second probe into disappearances from the gay village in 2017. Called Project Prism, the investigation focused on missing men Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen — both of whom police now allege were murdered by McArthur.In December 2017, one month before McArthur was arrested, Saunders told reporters he was launching a review into the way his force handles missing person cases.At the same time, he said there was no evidence to suggest a link between the various missing person cases in the neighbourhood, nor any evidence that a serial killer was targeting men in the area.Toronto police representatives echoed those claims in private and public meetings with community members, said Toronto city Coun. Kristyn Wong-Tam, whose ward includes the gay village.“I am extremely perplexed by the police chief’s comments that perhaps the community didn’t do enough. I’m just shocked,” said Wong-Tam.Some locals who tried to share information with police during the investigation say they had “mixed results” and were not necessarily taken seriously by officers, Wong-Tam said.“I know for a fact that the community rallied around asking for additional resources and attention to the missing men (as early as 2010 and 2011),” she said. “I know it was the community who went out and organized search parties, it was the community that put up posters all over the neighbourhood and beyond … saying, ‘If you know something, please say something.’”Police have found the dismembered remains of six individuals in large planters at a home where McArthur did landscaping work and rented storage space.Investigators have identified three sets of remains so far — 49-year-old Kinsman, 50-year-old Soroush Mahmudi and 40-year-old Skandaraj Navaratnam.McArthur, 66, is charged with first-degree murder in their deaths, as well as the presumed deaths of 44-year-old Esen, Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Dean Lisowick, either 43 or 44.last_img read more

New Sesame Muppet Gives Support To World Toilet Day

first_imgSource:United Nations Foundation November 19 is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation – and a new Sesame Street Muppet is inviting children to help.Raya and ElmoCredit/Copyright: John Barrett“As the world’s largest informal educator of children (reaching over 150 million children every month in 150 countries) and a pioneer in using media as a tool for education, nonprofit Sesame Workshop made a commitment in 2012 to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child effort to do more in global health,” blogged Sesame Workshop VP Stephen Sobhani for the United Nations Foundation. “Since then, we have enthusiastically entered the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) space with Raya, Sesame’s newest and first Muppet friend specifically developed to address a pressing health issue in multiple countries across multiple platforms. Raya has the potential to significantly impact the global WASH crisis in an effort to end childhood illness from preventable disease.“Raya, a neat 6-year-old, aqua-green girl Muppet, was originally created to teach children how to pee and poop in a sanitary manner. We know that if Raya can instill these fundamental messages to children in their formative years, they will be equipped with the knowledge to make smarter decisions for a stronger, healthier future. A multi-country curriculum fueled with generous support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is already reaching children in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria through schools and community partnerships.“At the global level, Raya has been busy delivering her sanitation messages through major platforms and events. She appeared in a video for the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General’s “End Open Defecation” campaign and joined Elmo in talking about sanitation with world leaders at September’s Global Citizen Festival. These advocacy messages help raise critical awareness and build political will towards WASH, serving as a valuable complement to Raya’s child education efforts.“To access and educate the hardest-to-reach children, we need new and innovative collaborations. Sesame Workshop is in active conversations with international organizations that can bring Raya’s lessons to scale helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. We provide the critical “software” (e.g. hygiene education) that, combined with “hardware” such as toilets and other infrastructure, can lead to lasting and sustainable change. Stay tuned for key partnership announcements coming out in the next couple of months.”Read the full blog here.last_img read more

Greater attention needed for safe childbirths UN urges on inaugural Day to

“The persistence of fistula is a result of human rights denied and a reflection of human rights abuse,” Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), said in his message marking the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. “It reflects chronic health inequities and health-care system constraints, as well as wider challenges, such as gender and socio-economic inequality, child marriage and early child bearing, all of which can undermine the lives of women and girls and interfere with their enjoyment of their basic human rights.” An estimated three million women and girls, nearly all in developing countries, are affected with another 50,000 to 100,000 new cases developing each year, according to figures cited by UNFPA and the UN World Health Organization (WHO).An obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by the baby’s head pushing against the mother’s pelvic bone during contractions, often without adequate medical care during prolonged labour. The hole forms between a woman’s vagina and her bladder or rectum, causing her to leak bodily fluids.The newborn rarely survives, if it is born live, and renders the woman incapable of having more children. Shunned by their families and communities, women with fistula are often poor and marginalized. According to UNFPA, women and girls with obstetric fistula are usually poor, often illiterate, with limited access to health services, including maternal and reproductive health care.“In an age of rapid globalization in which mobile and e-technologies have changed the face of human communications and revolutionized the frontiers of science and medicine, it is unconscionable that the poorest, most vulnerable women and girls continue to suffer needlessly from this scourge,” Mr. Osotimehin said.Reconstructive surgery to fix the condition cost around $400 according to the global Campaign to End Fistula, which UNFPA leads and coordinates with a wide range of partners. The campaign is based on three key strategies of prevention, treatment and social integration. Over the past decade, the agency provided support to more than 50 countries, resulting in fistula treatment and care for some 34,000 women and the training of thousands of health-care personnel in prevention and management.“We are training more health workers close to where people live so that they don’t have to travel long distances before they get the service,” Mr. Osotimehin told UN Radio. “We don’t have to have a midwife that is super-qualified. You can actually train a cadre of staff over a short period of time to be able to deliver good quality service under supervision.”Where prevention is not possible, treatment is more often an option. In Mozambique, 16-year-old Essita Mulhanga underwent surgery to repair her fistula.“I had to deliver at home. My husband was not at home to help me. After delivering, this problem of being incapable to control my urine started,” Ms. Mulhanga told UNFPA in a clinic in the town of Espungabera before undergoing the surgery this past March. “After treatment I would like to have kids, and would like to see them studying to become doctors or teachers,” she said. In a 2012 report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged dramatically intensified political and financial mobilization to accelerate progress towards ending obstetric fistula. He called for at least $750 million to treat all cases of obstetric fistula by 2015, the deadline for the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards which the UN is boosting efforts in its “1,000 days of action” campaign. “This is part of our broader effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals and mobilize partners in the Every Woman, Every Child initiative,” Mr. Ban said today in his message on the Day. “The benefits reverberate far beyond the women who are directly affected, extending to children who will be raised by healthy mothers and communities that benefit from their contributions.”In his report, Mr. Ban noted three interventions that have the most important and immediate impact on maternal death and disability: family planning; attendance during childbirth by skilled health personnel, such as a midwife; and emergency obstetric care, in particular Caesarean sections. Early marriage is also an issue with adolescent girls particularly at risk for obstetric fistula at a much higher rate than women in their twenties.Highlighting the importance of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula to raise awareness of the condition, Mr. Ban said: “The more understanding and action we generate today, the more we can look forward to a future where obstetric fistula is virtually unknown because it is virtually non-existent.” read more

University participates in Earth Hour

A man and woman hold candles at Niagara Falls, Canada during Earth Hour 2009. Photo: earthhour.orgBrock will power down on Saturday as the energy conscious worldwide celebrate Earth Hour.The University will shut off lights in parking lots T, U and V for Earth Hour on Saturday, which is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. It will also turn off the light to the roadside Brock sign, said Scott Johnstone, manager of Electrical Services in Facilities Management.“In a lot of other areas on campus, we are unable to turn off the lights due to health and safety concerns,” he said.Facilities Management invites staff, faculty and students to switch off unnecessary lights in their own areas, he said.Earth Hour is an international effort to turn off lights to conserve energy and make a statement against climate change. It began in Sydney, Australia in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off their lights for one hour. It has since grown to more than 4,000 cities in 88 countries.The effort is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The local WWF Earth Hour ambassador is Audrey le Goff, who contacted St. Catharines businesses to encourage them to participate in Earth Hour. She also distributed tool kits at St. Catharines malls containing posters, fundraising tips and other information, she said.“Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the No. 1 concern for Canadians,” she said. “Participating in Earth Hour is a very simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution.” read more

Worlds largest dinosaur found in Scotland

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Their long-necked prints are almost car tyre size whereas the meat-eater ones are about the size of a basket ball.”Dr Brusatte added: “The more we look on the Isle of Skye, the more dinosaur footprints we find.Researchers measured, photographed and analysed about 50 footprints in a tidal area at Brothers’ Point – Rubha nam Brathairean – a dramatic headland on Skye’s Trotternish peninsula. The 170 million-year-old tracks were made in a muddy lagoon off the north-east coast of what is now the Isle of SkyeCredit:University of Edinburgh/PA Wire The footprints were difficult to study due to tidal conditions, the impact of weathering and changes to the landscape, researchers said. Researchers used drone photographs to make a map of the site. The oldest dinosaur fossil found in the UK is thought to be a 200 million-year old T. Rex relative, the Dracoraptor hanigani, found on a Welsh beach in 2016. “It shows both long-necked and meat-eaters were on the same site at the same time living together, side-by-side. Rare dinosaur footprints belonging to the largest animal to ever roam the planet have been found in Scotland. Dozens of the 170 million-year-old fossils, belonging to early sauropods, have been unearthed in a muddy lagoon on the Isle of Skye.Sauropods grew to be at least 49ft (15 metres) long and weighed more than 10 tonnes. Footprints from theropods – the “older cousins” of Tyrannosaurus rex who stood at two metres tall – were also found. They are thought to be the oldest dinosaur fossils ever found in Scotland. Another set of footprints were also found on Skye in 2015, but are slightly younger and slightly smaller. Geologists say the new finds are important as evidence from the Middle Jurassic period is rare, and few such fossil sites have been found around the world.The discovery adds to growing evidence the prehistoric reptiles were widespread on Skye at a pivotal time in their evolution. It also shows many dinosaurs, far from being restricted to the land, often lived near water and would wade through ancient lagoons to find food.Dr Steve Brusatte of Edinburgh University said: “It’s important because it’s a large site for dinosaur tracks, those are pretty hard to find. The 170 million-year-old tracks were made in a muddy lagoon off the north-east coast of what is now the Isle of Skye “It captures a moment in time 170 million years ago when they were just hanging out in a lagoon, living on the beach, back when Scotland was much warmer and dinosaurs were beginning their march to global dominance.”last_img read more

Moves to protect 111yearold shipwreck washed up by storm on Kerry beach

first_imgThe Sunbeam pictured after the storm [Image: Seán Mac an tSíthigh]THE NATIONAL MONUMENTS Service is taking steps to protect the wreck of a 150-year-old schooner dislodged from its century-old resting place off the coast of Kerry and washed up on a beach as a result of last weekend’s storms.The ‘Sunbeam’ — built in England in 1860 — was driven ashore amid high winds while on a voyage from Co Cork in 1903 with no loss of life.Over the intervening decades, the wreck has become something of an attraction on Rossbeigh Beach, with photographers regularly making trips to the site to capture images of the ship’s skeletal remains poking from beneath the sand in the shallows.Local photographer Matthew Murphy, who lives nearby, believes he may have captured the last image of the ship before it was dislodged: [Image: Matthew Murphy Photography]He gave an account of the scene on Saturday evening via Facebook:I took this last Saturday evening just as the tide was coming in. I literally had a minute to get a shot. No time for composition or anything like that and between the wind and splashes I was lucky to get anything. It was crazy weather and the tide was coming in faster than I had ever seen it. I literally had to run out of there.I’m just glad that I had captured something that evening, because who would have know that just a short while later and after 111 years The Sunbeam would move again.Speaking to, Murphy said that concerns had been raised locally after several planks and fittings from the wreck went missing.Officials from the Monuments Service have been carrying out an inspection of the site this morning, and will then decide on the next steps to be taken. One of the options being considered is reburying it once again at a site close to its original resting spot.Gardaí are warning people not to interfere with the wreck while it’s on the beach, as the ship is protected under the National Monuments Act. The penalty for a breach of the act includes a fine of up to €50,000 and/or a term of up to 12 months in prison.Another view of the post-storm Sunbeam [Image: Martin Ficken]Related: Stunning photos capture wreck of Tall Ship Astrid at dawnRead: 30 saved as Tall Ship Astrid runs aground off Kinsalelast_img read more

Elderly man dies in Donegal house fire

first_imgAN ELDERLY MAN has died following a fire at his home in Glasserchoo in Gortahork, Co Donegal.The body of the man, 87, was discovered at approximately 7.20am today. His remains were removed to Letterkenny General Hospital, where a post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place later this afternoon.Gardaí say the man was the only occupant of the house.The scene has been preserved for technical examination.Read: Entire housing estate for sale in GalwayRead: Four off-the-beaten-track places you really should visitInterview: Galway native on top of the world after North Pole victorylast_img read more

British government wants Ireland to buy Ulster Bank report

first_imgTHE BRITISH GOVERNMENT is reportedly considering a plan which would see it ask the Irish Government to buy Ulster Bank, the last remaining major retail bank in Ireland outside of partial state ownership.Ulster Bank is currently owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group, which itself is majority owned by the British taxpayer following a series of recapitalisations in 2008 and 2009.While the RBS group has crept toward profitability in the last few years, gradually offering some payback to its public owners, Ulster Bank has continued to be loss-making – recording losses of €195 million in the first quarter of 2013.BBC News reports that a report commissioned by the Treasury, the UK’s equivalent to the Department of Finance, has now called for RBS to be split into a ‘good bank’ and ‘bad bank’ so that the profitable arm of the business could be freed up to engage in more lending.However, it also reports that a second option is also being assessed – with Ulster Bank being earmarked for separation from the rest of the RBS Group, possibly through a sale of the bank to the Irish government.The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston says this could be achieved by swapping ownership of Ulster Bank for the British investments and loans currently held by Ireland’s own bad bank, the National Asset Management Agency.Ireland is unlikely to play ball with such a move, however, as it would see the government take ownership of the last major retail banking chain which does not already have some degree of state ownership.As a result of investments made by the State during the financial crisis, the taxpayer already owns 99.8 per cent of AIB and its subsidiary EBS, 99.8 per cent of Permanent TSB, and around 15 per cent of Bank of Ireland.Another complicating factor is that Ulster Bank operates in both Northern Ireland and the Republic, with the two bodies organised within RBS as a single entity – meaning significant restructuring would be needed if the Irish taxpayer was to avoid directly taking over a bank in the North.A further disincentive is the fact that NAMA’s British portfolio is seen as performing particularly well, given how the UK’s real estate market has recovered in recent years, in comparison to the mixed performance of Irish development projects.Read: Ulster Bank lost €1,500 a minute in the first three months of 2013More: Ulster Bank parent company lost nearly €6bn in 2012last_img read more

Dublin office rent has grown by nearly 25 in a year

first_imgOFFICE RENTS IN Dublin have grown by almost one quarter in the space of a year, new research by property agency Savills has found.The rapid increase in the price of office space in the capital can be partially attributed to the depths to which the market sank during the recession, Savills head of office agency Roland O’Connell said.“Effective rents fell by more than 50% during the downturn and, in that context, it is not surprising that we are seeing something of a bounce-back.”Despite this, O’Connell said that there was a real danger from the elevated rate of growth in rental prices.“While increasing commercial rents are welcome insofar as they reflect the underlying strength of the economy, we would not want to see this rate of growth continue in the long term.”He said that the knock-on implications of high rent prices could hurt Ireland’s competitiveness and the attractiveness of Dublin as a location for mobile international business.Incentives on the way outThe strong demand for office space has led landlords to cut back on the incentives they are offering potential clients, typically a period of rent-free occupancy.The roll-back on rent-free periods has combined with the upward headline rent trajectory to give Dublin the highest ‘net effective’ rent growth in Europe, at 39.3% in the last 12 months.This compares with an average European growth rate of 5.1%.Dublin was one of only seven European markets across Europe in which the average rent-free period fell, along with international hubs such as Hamburg, London, Dusseldorf and Paris.Director of research John McCartney said that increased demand has allowed landlords to row back on incentives, with the average rent-free period on a standard office lease halving in the last year.O’Connell said that the upward trend was an acute reminder of the need for more construction activity to boost the supply of prime office space in Dublin.Read: There isn’t enough office space in Dublin to fit all the new start-ups>Read: Job growth drives one-third increase in Dublin office lettings>last_img read more

Skirts banned from Cathedral Catholic High Schools dress code

first_img May 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After issuing “thousands of hours of detention” to students modifying the length of uniform skirts, Cathedral Catholic High School in the Carmel Valley neighborhood of San Diego has made the decision to ban skirts from its dress code, it was reported Tuesday.Students at Cathedral Catholic High School learned about the new rules in an email from Principal Kevin Calkins.In an email sent to parents and students, Calkins wrote that the dress code exists to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not outward appearances.“Male faculty feel uncomfortable addressing female students about the length of their skirts, even female faculty have expressed frustration with the ongoing challenge of dress code,” Calkins wrote in the email.Female students will be allowed to wear pants, capri pants or Bermuda shorts. Male students have the option of wearing pants or shorts, according to the email.Before the ban, female students were allowed to wear skirts that were not excessively tight or form fitting and that were no shorter than 3 inches from the top of the kneecap while standing upright, according to the school’s dress code.In response to the ban, the students created a petition on and as of Tuesday morning 2,669 people have signed the petition.Students also planned a peaceful protest that was set to begin at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in front of the school.Cathedral Catholic High School is a private school located in Carmel Valley serving roughly 1,600 students in grades 9-12. The school charges an annual tuition of $18,500.The school’s principal, Kevin Calkins complete email to all the students detailing the situation and the new dress code for the 2019-2020 school year“Dear students:I am writing to communicate some changes to the school dress code starting with the 2019-2020 school year. The most significant change is that skirts will no longer be an option for girls.Dress code is a perennial challenge. The dress code exists for at least three good reasons: to foster unity, to encourage modesty, and to minimize pressure to conform to particular styles or clothing brands. Basically we hope to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not on outward appearances.The main challenge with dress code has been the length of girls’ skirts. The school has made many attempts to rectify this challenge. The administration has worked with the Parent Association, has issued thousands of hours of detention, has made school-wide announcements (e.g., CCTV, orientations), and has worked with students one-on-one. None of this has had the desired effect of maintaining an overall modest skirt length in compliance with the dress code. The school heard feedback that part of the issue is that the skirts offered by Dennis Uniform did not fir the variety of girls’ bodies that attend Cathedral. We then decided to allow greater flexibility in where students could purchase skirts, so long as they followed the minimum guidelines. That did not work either. The administration eventually opted against strictly enforcing current dress code guidelines because of their negative effect that could have on the environment. Male faculty feel uncomfortable addressing female students about the length of their skirts, and even female faculty have expressed frustration with the ongoing challenge of dress code. There are challenges with boys too, but nothing that will require a change in options.Instead of skirts, girls will be allowed to wear the following:-Pants-Capri Pants-Bermuda ShortsThe color options for the above-mentioned are navy blue, black, or khaki. Denim fabric, leggings, and athletic wear are not allowed. Boys will also have the new color options for pants/shorts. In addition to holding boys more accountable to dress code guidelines (e.g., length of hair or facial hair), and implementing a restorative approach to dealing with dress code violations, there will be no other changes this year.Sincerely,Dr. CalkinsPrincipalWhat do you think of the school’s decision to ban skirts from the dress code? Posted: May 20, 2019center_img Skirts banned from Cathedral Catholic High School’s dress code Updated: 7:15 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: skirtgate FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bekkedahl Resigns as Rodale Group Publisher

first_imgPublishing’s migration away from print has lured another major industry player to the digital side.Rodale Inc. said late Tuesday afternoon that executive vice president and group publisher MaryAnn Bekkedahl [pictured] has decided to leave the company to pursue “digital and new media opportunities.” According to Bekkedahl, now is the right time to make the jump. “While I’ve enjoyed participating in this whirlwind of new media evolution through my role at Rodale, I now believe that the time is right for me to engage in these emerging trends in a new way,” Bekkedahl said in a statement. “One of my proudest achievements at Rodale was building such a strong and talented sales and marketing team, and I know my colleagues will continue to serve our clients with the same creativity, innovation and service that make them the best in the business.” When contacted by FOLIO:, a Rodale spokesperson said details regarding a replacement for Bekkedahl were not immediately available.Bekkedahl joined Rodale in 1992 as a sales representative at Preventionand later served as senior vice president and global brand director forMen’s Health. As EVP/group publisher, Bekkedahl oversaw the sales andmarketing teams for Rodale’s stable of magazines, including Men’sHealth, Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, Bicycling, RunningTimes, Mountain Bike, and Organic Gardening.Through the first nine months, the majority of Rodale’s titles saw double-digit ad page losses—the biggest coming from Prevention (down 27.9 percent compared to the same period in 2008), according to PIB figures. It was followed closely by Bicylcing (-26.3 percent), Men’s Health (-24), and then by Runner’s World (-16.5) and Women’s Health (-15.7). Organic Gardening, the only other Rodale title tracked by PIB, saw ad pages increase 1.4 percent during the period.last_img read more

Longdelayed 2019 Mazda CX5 finally arrives at New York Auto Show

first_img 2019 Mazda CX-5 diesel is rated for 30 mpg highway Diesel Cars SUVs Crossovers See All New York Auto Show 2019 Mazda Post a comment May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV More From Roadshow 22 Photos • There are some product debuts we’ve been waiting for a long, long time. No, not that one, this one: after an exhausting wait, Mazda is finally bringing a diesel engine to the US. The Japanese automaker is launching its Skyactiv-D 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in the 2019 CX-5 crossover, the company announced at the New York Auto Show.This news is a big deal on several fronts — Mazda has been making noise about bringing diesel offerings to this market for the better part of a decade, but the technology’s rollout has been stymied by a number of factors, including calibration and certification issues, and more recently, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate disaster, which has cast a pall over the fuel’s public profile. With the German automaker’s scandal seemingly largely in the public’s rearview mirror, however, the time could be right for Mazda to revisit diesel models, which some consumers prize for their generous torque characteristics, superior towing ability and traditionally for good fuel economy and long range. Enlarge ImageLong delayed, the CX-5 Diesel is finally here. Steven Pham/Roadshow To that end, Mazda says the Skyactiv-D 2.2 will deliver 168 horsepower and a stout 290 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy numbers are estimated at 27 miles per gallon city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. The sequential twin-turbo engine will only be available in the CX-5’s top Signature trim with standard all-wheel drive, starting at $41,000 plus $1,045 for destination ($1,090 in Alaska).Disappointingly, however, those fuel efficiency numbers aren’t far off what the base model’s current 2.5-liter gas four-cylinder delivers. For comparison’s sake, the CX-5’s base Skyactiv-G engine generates 187 hp and 186 pound-feet of torque (admittedly at 4,000 rpm, twice the engine speed of the diesel at torque peak) and is rated at 24 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined in matching AWD spec. That’s not a particularly significant fuel-efficiency win, especially in view of diesel’s traditionally (significantly) higher price per gallon. (According to the AAA, the national average price for a gallon of gas is presently $2.83, while diesel is $3.07). 2019 Mazda CX-5 DieselEnlarge ImageThis badge is the biggest giveaway your CX-5 has a diesel engine. Steven Pham/Roadshow The CX-5’s available uplevel 2.5-liter turbocharged gas engine actually puts out substantially more horsepower, 227 hp (250 on 93 octane) and even more torque — 310 pound-feet — at the same low 2,000 rpm engine speed as the diesel. The turbocharged gas engine isn’t nearly as miserly, however, with ratings falling to 22 mpg city, 27 highway and 24 mpg combined.Since Volkswagen has retreated from offering diesels in the US, there’s not much competition among non-premium brands for this diesel CX-5. Its only direct rival is the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox AWD, which is offered with a smaller, less-powerful 1.6-liter turbodiesel (137 hp/240 pound-feet). That power deficit is balanced somewhat by the model’s comparatively parsimonious efficiency ratings (28 mpg city, 38 highway and 32 combined) and its significantly lower base price: $36,295 including $1,195 for delivery. Tow ratings for the CX-5 diesel have not yet been released, but if they’re a good bit higher than the 2,000-pound limit of the gas-engined models, that could be a significant differentiator for potential customers, all while offering potentially longer range between fill-ups, too. (Roadshow has reached out to Mazda officials for estimates on both, and will update this article if and when the information becomes available).2019 Mazda CX-5 DieselEnlarge ImageThe diesel engine is offered only with the CX-5’s Signature trim level. Steven Pham/Roadshow Company officials are taking understandable pains to spell out that Mazda has done all of the necessary due diligence to make sure these new diesel models are legal in all 50 states. According to an official release, “Mazda worked closely with all proper federal and state agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to ensure that the Skyactiv-D 2.2 engine meets the required emission standards and passes all appropriate regulations.”Even with Dieselgate fading from public consciousness, it remains unclear how big the market is for the 2019 Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv-D. On the plus side, diesel drivers are some of the most loyal and fanatical supporters you’ll find in all of autodom, and the standard gas-powered CX-5 is one of the very best compact crossover SUVs in a hugely popular, rapidly growing class. On the negative side, Mazda doesn’t have a history of selling to diesel consumers, and the new offering’s fuel economy ratings are underwhelming.Will the decade-long wait for a Mazda diesel prove to be worth it? We won’t know for sure until we get our hands on the new model, but, just as importantly, Mazda itself won’t know until the sales numbers roll in.center_img 2019 Mazda CX-5 Diesel review: Was it really worth the wait? Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? Share your voice Mazda reading • Long-delayed 2019 Mazda CX-5 finally arrives at New York Auto Show 0 New York Auto Show 2019 Tags Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickuplast_img read more